The difficult endeavour of trying to cope with a loved one's loss is truly heart-wrenching and life-changing. This difficult journey is beautifully and elegantly portrayed in this movie. John Cameron Mitchell's first actual drama is a well-shot and well-directed adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play (of the same name).
Becca (Nicole) and Howie (Aaron) lost their their young 4-year-old son Danny eight months ago in a car accident, and they are still stuck in a maze of guilt, longing, regret, memory, pain, and rage, and a state of meaninglessness.
It's mainly the stellar cast which boosts this strong emotional journey with their powerful acting. Talented actors like Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart give one of their best performances. Dianne Wiest and debutant Miles Tellar give moving and compelling portrayals of their supporting characters.
Every person is different, and each one us have a different way of dealing with loss. Sometimes it drives people mad, sometimes they look for someone to blame, sometimes they blame themselves completely, sometimes they judge the way other people are dealing with it, sometimes it drives people apart, sometimes it brings people together, sometimes it drives people to question the very nature of life itself, and most of the times, it changes people forever.
For me, the two scenes which really made an impact are: the argumentative confrontation between Becca and Howie in the living room, and the emotional confession of the teenage car-driver to Becca in the park. These scenes stand out because of their sheer brutal honesty.
[Anyone who has lost a loved one will surely love this movie]